Thursday, February 28, 2013

Review: The Ruining by Anna Collomore



Publisher: Razorbill
Released: 2013
Pages: 272
Source: Publisher/ Blog Tour
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis:

Annie can’t wait to leave her old life behind her. She has too many bad memories to stick around; an alcoholic mother who puts her boyfriend first and a dead little sister that she partly blames herself for. Annie has been employed as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. Libby has an at home business and needs the help with her daughter Zoe. Annie will work and go to school; her income more than covers her tuition costs. It’s the perfect opportunity. Annie immediately begins to idolize Libby. Soon, Libby begins blaming Annie for things she didn’t do. Her hours are increased and her free-time limited. The door to her room is removed, and strange things are happening. Libby’s moods are hard to predict and all over the place. Annie tries to stand up for herself, but she wants Libby’s approval and tries to ignore the situation. Libby becomes more hostile, and Annie doesn’t see a way out.

Review:

The Ruining is a young adult, psychological thriller. The story started off strong, and kept me intrigued but the ending felt too rushed and too neatly tied up within a few short pages. I felt that Collomore should have took more time with the ending. The Ruining was filled with tension, suspense and questions, but the ending left me disappointed and I felt that key points were predictable. I figured out what Libby was hiding, way before the ending. I felt like the build up to the end was ruined by the quick, and tidy conclusion.

Libby was a very interesting character. She sneaks in calling Annie "nanny" and brushes it off as Annie overacting. She’s sneaky, conniving and Annie easily falls for it, wondering what she did wrong. Annie doesn’t have money, she’s far away from home and she’s looking for approval. Libby solves these problems for her. She’s gives her money, guidance, and shelter. Annie has nowhere to go which puts her in a vulnerable situation.

I recommend this one if you’re looking for a young adult thriller. I enjoyed the novel, despite my issues with the ending. I would definitely try another book by Anna Collomore, but I hope she doesn’t rush her conclusion next time.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: Two Solitudes by Hugh Maclennan [Canada Reads 2013]



Publisher: New Canadian Library
Released: 1945- Reprinted 2009
Pages: 530
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 2/5

Synopsis:

Two Solitudes follows the life Athanese Tallard, a French-Canadian, his second wife Kathleen, an Irish-Canadian and their young son named Paul. Athanese’s older son Marius blames all of his problems on English-Canadians; as a result he disapproves of Kathleen. Paul is given a view of both worlds, and seeing the clashes between cultures. Two Solitudes demonstrates the difficult politics through history, war, religious views and progression.

Review:

I struggled with Two Solitudes, at times I wasn’t sure if I wanted to finish it. As an English, Quebecer I had a hard time with the politics. Our current politics didn’t help me want to read through this.
Throughout the novel, I  had a hard time liking the characters. They seemed one dimensional, and didn’t really peak my interest. The writing was very dry, the pacing was very slow and I felt very standoffish towards this one. I’m glad I read this one, but I don’t recommend it. I was surprised that this book was the runner up in the Canada Reads 2013 battle.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: The House Girl by Tara Conklin



Publisher: HarperCollins
Released: 2013
Pages: 384
Source: Blog Tour/Publisher
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

The House Girl weaves together the story of Lina, a New York City attorney and Josephine, a runaway slave living in 1852 Virginia. Lina is hoping to make partner before she’s thirty, she pores everything into her work at her elite law firm. When she’s given the assignment to lead a historic class-action lawsuit to seek reparations for descendants of American slaves, she has to find the perfect plaintiff.  Through her father, Lina discovers Josephine Bell. Josephine’s historic trail is hard to follow up, but Lina pieces together her story. At the same time, Lina discovers that her family history has more secrets than she realized.

Review:

The shifting between time periods worked well, but it did take me a few chapters to settle in. I immediately was interested in Lina and what she had to offer to the story. While reading about Josephine, I kept wondering how she would fit into the story. Lina is very likable, she’s hardworking, she’s determined and her father has long ago decided that he doesn’t want to discuss her mother’s death. He claims that he doesn’t want to upset her, but Lina is a grown woman who has many questions.

Conklin’s debut novel is a great read, her attention to detail is superb. The dual stories work well, and readers will enjoy both. At times, I did find the details a little too much, because it slowed down the story. It didn’t distract me too much, but I did notice it. I really enjoyed reading about Lina piecing together the letters, and records she could find about Josephine. Lina’s own family drama interested me the most. Overall, I thought it was a very enjoyable read and I do recommend it. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mailbox Monday

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm anxious for winter to wrap up. I can't wait to sit outside and read.

 

Books received:

 

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness ( A gift from a penguin for filling out of survey)

The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau

 

Ebooks bought:

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

Honolulu by Alan Brennert

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

 

Happy reading!

 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Review: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys



Publisher: Philomel
Released: 2013
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher/ Blog Tour
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is trying to get out of New Orleans. She’s the daughter of a brothel prostitute, she’s been living on her own since she was twelve and her mother proudly tells everyone Josie was named after a very successful madame. Josie has vowed to be a better person and accept the fact that her mother would choose money over her any day. As much as Josie despises that her mother is a prostitute, Willie, her madame has consistently looked out for Josie. She’s given Josie a job, cleaning her house, she’s given her generous gifts and protects Josie to the best of her ability. When a wealthy man, mysteriously dies, Josie’s mother is questioned. Josie learns quickly that her mother is hiding something.


Review:

Ruta Sepety’s second novel Out of the Easy, was very different from her first novel, Between Shades of Grey. However, I equally loved both books, and I was immediately hooked. Out of the Easy takes place in 1950’s New Orleans. Josie is a wonderful character, with a complicated life. Her relationship with her mother is difficult, she doesn’t even pretend to care about Josie. In addition to working at the brothel, as a cleaning lady, Josie works at a bookstore for her room and board. Since she was twelve, she’s stayed in a one room office, above the store. If it wasn’t for the kindness of others, New Orleans would have swallowed up Josie.

The secondary cast of characters are very well rounded and they really add to the story. It’s clear that Josie has a strong support system in her friends. Josie can’t ignore what goes on in the brothel, but she can’t walk away from Willie and all that she has done for her. Willie is like a mother figure for her, and she never attempts to get her involved in the brothel. She admires Josie’s plan to further her education, but she is reluctant to support her in moving away. It’s clear that Willie just doesn’t want her to be away from her. No matter what trouble Josie finds herself in, Willie always has a way to bail her out.

The relationship between Josie and her mother is central to the story. Her mother doesn’t hide the fact that she regretted having her, she could care less how Josie is able to survive but she never hesitates to tell Josie how to dress and look pretty. Her mother has dreams of moving to Hollywood, with her mobster boyfriend, without Josie. She leaves just as this man turns up dead, and Josie finds his watch under her mother’s abandoned bed.

Josie doesn’t trust men many men but she is confused between Patrick, the bookstore owners son, and Jessie, a ladies’ man who only has eyes for her. They’re both there when she needs them and they both understand. Jessie continually tells her that she’s in love with him but she doesn’t realize it yet.

Out of the Easy is a character driven novel that will drawn readers in. New Orleans, and Mardi Gras is a perfect setting for this plot line  Josie is a great main character that will have readers rooting for her. Highly recommended! The writing is top-notch and captivating.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand



Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 448
Released: 2013
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4/5


** Third book in trilogy may contain spoilers**

First Book: Unearthly
Book Two: Hallowed

Synopsis:

In Boundless, Clara Gardner is college bound. The last couple of months have been really difficult for her, her mother passed and her brother is nowhere to be found. Many secrets were uncovered, and Clara must keep going. Clara, Christian and Angela enroll in Stanford and hope to figure out what Angela’s angelic purpose could be. Christian decides to give Clara some space, she’s clearly not over Tucker and he wants to give her time. He doesn’t hide the fact that he wants them to be closer. Angela becomes obsessive about her purpose, and trying to hide the fact that her summer romance was more than she’s allowing others to believe. Clara is frantic to find her brother and not lose him. When Clara’s father shows up, offering training session to advance her skills, Clara knows that she must prepare for battle. The question is when will the battle take place?

Review:

Boundless was a great conclusion to the trilogy. It’s filled with action, secrets and struggles. Clara wants to be there for Angela but Angela won’t come clear to her. Christian is giving her space, but she can’t deny the fact that she’s drawn to him. However, her feelings for Tucker are more confusing than ever. The love triangle between Clara, Tucker and Christian will leave some fans happy and others not so much. I wasn’t happy, but it didn’t make me enjoy the book less.

Clara is still young, still trying to figure out who she is and in Boundless, she takes on the protector role. Her brother has lost faith, and she tries to do what’s best for him. They’re mother is gone, and their father was never around, so Clare tries to fill that position. When her father starts training her and trying to sharpen her skills, it’s nice to see him around.

The Unearthly series is one of my favorite young adult series, and I highly recommend it. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so you’ll have to read it for yourself. This series will have your emotions running high, and keep your on the edge of your seat. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Review: The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock



Publisher: William Morrow
Released: Reprinted 2012
Pages: 544
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Amazon:

The guns of August are rumbling throughout Europe in the summer of 1914, but war has not yet touched Abingdon Pryory. Here, at the grand home of the Greville family, the parties, dances, and romances play on. Alexandra Greville embarks on her debutante season while brother Charles remains hopelessly in love with the beautiful, untitled Lydia Foxe, knowing that his father, the Earl of Stanmore, will never approve of the match. Downstairs the new servant, Ivy, struggles to adjust to the routines of the well-oiled household staff, as the arrival of American cousin Martin Rilke, a Chicago newspaperman, causes a stir.
But, ultimately, the Great War will not be denied, as what begins for the high-bred Grevilles as a glorious adventure soon takes its toll—shattering the household's tranquillity, crumbling class barriers, and bringing its myriad horrors home.


Review:

I’m sorry about the Amazon description; I read this book in early December and struggled with writing my own synopsis. The Passing Bells is the first in a trilogy, first published in 1970- with the popularity of Downton Abbey, these novels have been re-released. If you’re a Downton fan, I think these would be appeal to you.

The Passing Bells takes place in the cusp of the First World War. Readers will recognize the generation who are adamant about tradition, and a new generation who are more progressive. Charles is hopelessly in love with Lydia, but his parents will not accept her. She comes from a wealthy family, but doesn't have a title. Charles’s sister is soaking up experience of her debut. Captain Fenton, a family friend visits for the weekend and he’s looking for a wealthy wife to bail him out of this troubles. Winifred, the daughter of the Marquees of Dexford is also visiting and hoping to win Charles’s affection. Similarly to Downton, readers are introduced to the servants and their dynamic in the household. Once the war encroaches on their lives, they are forever changed.

I really enjoyed The Passing Bells, but I found the characters a little hard to keep track of. There seemed to be a lot of names and a lot of titles. The overall story really kept me reading, and enjoying the book.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Review: The Secrets of the Nightingale Palace by Dana Sachs



Publisher: William Morrow
Released: 2013
Pages: 368
Source: Blog Tour/Publisher
Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis:

Anna has been struggling to move on with her life, the death of her husband has left her with many questions.  At times, she wonders if they were meant to marry. She loved him, loves him, but for months before his death they fought. They were opposites, and when he died of leukemia she couldn’t help but feel a small sense of relief that she no longer had to take care of him. When Anna’s estranged grandmother calls her up, and requests that she come to New York, Anna is reluctant but decides to go see what she wants. Goldie doesn’t hold back when it comes to Anna, and for years she told Anna that her husband wasn’t good enough. When Anna arrives in New York, Goldie asks Anna to take her on a cross-country road trip from New York to San Francisco. Goldie wants to return a collection of valuable Japanese art to a long lost friend. Anna agrees and hopes her grandmother, a window by twice, can help her move on and find happiness.

Review:

The Secrets of the Nightingale Palace was an interesting read, alternating between Goldie’s experience in the 1940’s and Anna’s perspective. Goldie is rough around the edges; she’s honest and overly opinionated. She hasn’t been entirely honest about the trip to San Francisco. Along the way, Goldie opens up to Anna about her past and her determination to rise about. Anna questions Goldie about her doubts in her marriage and why she never approved. Over the course of the trip, Anna and Goldie open up to each other and begin to sort through their differences. Anna mourns her late husband, and begins to realize that her life if not over.

The ending was really memorable, and not predictable in any way. I loved both Goldie and Anna, and enjoying their journey. Goldie is not a character that you forget; she’s strong and independent and doesn’t hold back. She honestly thinks she’s helping but it doesn’t always come across as such. Anna is vulnerable but still strong. She’s kept herself going but she begins to realize that she needs to focus on her wants and at this point in her life, she can do this.

The writing is beautiful, and learning about Goldie’s past was fascinating. It really gives readers and understanding of why she is the way she is. How she took care of herself, and did what she thought was best for her. I recommend this one for those who are looking for a good dual narrative story.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mailbox Monday

I received 3 review books this week:

Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

Parallel by Lauren Miller

Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 

Ebooks bought:

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia

If I Stay by Gale Forman

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

The Love Child by Amanda Brookfield

 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Title: Dancing to the Flute by Manisha Jolie Amin



Publisher: Atria
Pages: 320
Released: 2013
Source: Blog Tour/Publisher
Rating: 2.5/5

Synopsis:

Kalu was abandoned as a child and left to fend for himself in rural India. Kalu has no material possessions, and a sore foot that is severely infected, causing a foul odor. People began to shun him, and didn’t want him around, thinking he was too lazy to wash. When a traveling healer name Vaid comes to town and offers to help Kalu, his life is changed forever. Kalu was initially skeptical of Vaid but he felt like it was worth a chance. The healer wraps up the foot, and tells Kalu he’ll return at a later date. Kalu worries about paying Vaid, he has nothing that he can give him. When his foot is unwrapped and cured, the healer asks Kalu to play his flute in return. Vaid offers Kalu to become a student of Guruji, a famous flute-player who lives in isolation. Kalu knows this is a great opportunity, and accepts the offer.

Review:

 I didn’t really enjoy this one. I thought the story was okay, but it didn’t really keep me interested. Kalu’s storyline is interesting, he had nothing and Vaid gave him a great opportunity. Those who shunned him, suddenly became more interested in him. Usually, I am drawn to stories that take place and India, and in this case it didn’t live up to my expectations. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. The writing is beautiful, and the descriptions are fantastic. It was the overall storyline that I had a hard time staying interested in. I might have to revisit this one at a later date. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Review: Shadow Girl by Patricia Morrison



Publisher: Tundra Books
Pages: 224
Released: 2013
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Jules is eleven years old, and her alcoholic father has no issues leaving her at home for days at a time. Jules has to take care of herself, and hope that her father, at least remembered to stock the fridge. After school is long and lonely when no one is home, and Jules often visits the mall to gaze at a doll that she hopes she’ll get for Christmas. She sits in the aisles and reads, eventually going home and tucking herself in for bed. When the nights are scary, she builds a fort to shut out the world. The saleslady at the mall often talks to Jules, and eventually takes matters into her own hands. Jules is placed into foster care, and wants nothing more than to return home to her father. Her father has a lot of prove to the courts, and doesn’t seem to makes Jules a priority.

Review:

I thought Shadow Girl was an interesting read. Jules was a great, resilient character. Regardless of her father’s faults, she loved him and wanted to be with him. Her mother ran off, long ago and Jules is very forgiving of her father. When he begins to come around less and less, she has a hard time realizing that he doesn’t see her as a priority. Her time in foster care is heartbreaking. She’s placed into a home that treats her like a temporary boarder. She’s not to interact with the teenage girls, and she doesn’t have the same privileges as them. She’s told to appreciate that they’ve taken her into their home when her father refused.

Shadow Girl is a short read but an important read. Jules immediately captures reader’s hearts. I thought it was a great read, and I’ll keep Jules in my memory. She can easily be the little girl next door.  As I was reading the book, it felt timeless but at times the author would mention things like “American Bandstand” and I be forced to focus on the time period. Overall, I really enjoyed this one.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: Reason to Breath by Rebecca Donovan



Publisher: Penguin UK
Pages: 544
Released: 2013
Source: Publisher
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

Emma Thomson has a big secret, her best friend Sara knows a little bit about what’s going on, but Emma tries to not burden her with the details. Emma keeps her focus on school, sports, and extracurricular activities. When she goes home she has two adorable cousins, an uncle who barely notices she’s home, and an aunt who will beat her with anything she can get her hands on. Emma’s father has passed away, and her mother is not in her life. Her aunt Carol doesn’t hesitate to spew hateful comments at Emma every chance she gets. George has chosen to ignore the situation, and blame Emma for provoking Carol. The children don’t really know what is going on, and Emma doesn’t want to be the one to take away their mother. When Evan Matthews shows up at school, Emma is no longer invisible. When he starts paying attention to her, so do the others. Their attraction and friendship cause Emma to test her boundaries and put herself in further danger.

Review:

Reason to Breath is Rebecca Donovan’s debut novel, and she is incredibly talented. I refused to put this book down, and read every chance I could get. It’s impossible not to care about Emma, and not to feel her hurt. She’s tormented at home, counting down the days until she graduates and leaves home. She’s amazing at sports, they’re her way to escape, she’s sure she can win a full scholarship. Her aunt and uncle would never pay for school otherwise; they barely allow her to eat. Showering is timed, and whether she’s finished within five minutes or not, she must turn off the water. When the abuse begins to escalate, Emma begins pushing everyone away. They don’t understand her; she just wants to protect her young cousins.

Reason to Breath is full of suspense. I jumped right into reading the second book of the series, because I couldn’t wait. Normally, I don’t read a series back to back but I had to with this one. Donovan writes beautifully, skillfully enfolds the story and engages her readers.  I don’t want to give too much away. If you’re looking for a book that will have you fully engaged, emotionally attached and on the edge of your seat, you will need to read this book. Highly recommended! 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Mailbox Monday/Stacking the Shelves

The following are review books received:

 

The Love Child by Amanda Brookfield

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

True by Hilary Duff

 

Ebooks bought:

Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes

The Ruining by Amanda Collomore

 

As you can see I've been buying more young adult books. After taking months off from the genre, I'm ready to get back into it.

 

Happy reading!

 

Friday, February 8, 2013

A Month in Review


January was a good reading month for me. My goal is to maintain my reading speed from 2012 and read 100 books. I read 14 books in January. According to Goodreads, I'm 5 books ahead of my goal. 


1. The Eloquence of Desire by Amanda Sington-Williams
2. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
3. Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
5. February by Lisa Moore
6. The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley
7. Summerset Abbey by T J Brown
8. Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLenna
9. Boundless by Cynthia Hand
10. Secrets by L Marie Adeline
11. Reason to Breath by Rebecca Donovan
12. Dancing to the Flute by Manisha Jolie Amin
13. Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan
14. Shadow Girl by Patricia Morrison

In all fairness, I read some amazing books and it kept me reading. It's a great feeling when you find a book that you fall in love with immediately.

My favorite books I read this month were:

Me Before You
Indian Horse
Across the Universe
The Promise of Stardust
Summerset Abbey
Boundless
Reason to Breath/ Barely Breathing

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review: S.E.C.R.E.T by L. Marie Adeline



Publisher: Broadway
Pages: 288
Released: 2013
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3/5


In S.E.C.R.E.T there are…
No judgments. No limits. No shame.

Cassie Robichaud’s life has been filled with regret and loneliness since the death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately. Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T is a world where fantasy becomes reality.


Review:

Yes, you read the synopsis right… Yes, I did read an erotica book... The book was a recommended read when I received a pitch for review, and I thought I would give it a try. I've stayed away from all the Fifty Shades- type books. First, I want to say I am SHY and reading this book was hilarious for me. I could feel myself blushing, and wondering if anyone around me was looking at what I was reading, perhaps glancing at the pages.

Overall, I enjoyed the story line-  the erotica, not so much. I liked the idea of female empowerment and choosing to live a happy, fulfilling life. Cassie begins the book living in a shell; her day to day life just gets her by. She’s not willing to open herself up. Her husband was abusive, and has since passed but she’s not willing to date, she’s closed herself off. When she begins accepting the dares, she begins to become more and more confident. The underground society allows women to know that they can be in control of her life. The ending was not predictable, and I was really shocked that it ended the way it did. It was a really fast read. If this is your type to read, you should pick this one up. I on the other hand, will consider myself finished exploring this genre.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley



Publisher: William Morrow
Released: 2013
Pages: 432
Source: Publisher (Blog Tour)
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

Matt and Elle grew up together and fell in love as teenagers. It took them awhile to find their way back to each other but they found their way back, married and hoped to start a family. After a series of miscarriages, and a stillbirth, Matt told Elle they would no longer try. When he was called into the emergency room because Elle had an accident, he wasn’t expecting to see her on life support and declared brain dead. Elle was adamant that she not be kept alive by machines. She watched her mother suffer from cancer, and vowed not to have the same circumstance. Matt knew he had to make a decision, and his decision was made until he found out she was pregnant. If he kept her on life support, the baby had a chance to live. His mother loved Elle like a daughter and wouldn’t support Matt on this one. She threatened to take him to court and fight to take Elle off life support.

Review:

This book should come with a warning; it will keep you up at night thinking about the characters and leave tears in your eyes throughout the book. Matt is a neurosurgeon, he knows his wife will never wake up. He has no hope, but he feels like he deserves to give this baby a chance. Knowing that Elle has difficulties carrying a baby, his mother thinks it’s a waste of time to try. Why keep her on life-support when the baby will most likely not survive? Matt is comforted by the fact that he knows Elle is not suffering. When Elle was a teenager, she gave Matt’s mother the power to make this decision and she feels like it is up to her to fight for Elle’s wishes. Matt is coming to terms with losing his wife, but knowing his mother is taking him to court is even more difficult. Elle’s brother supports his mom, but her dad supports Matt. A family is torn apart trying to decide what Elle would want.

The Promise of Stardust is an excellent book club book, providing that everyone is open. This book leaves readers with a lot of questions. I sided with Matt but I did have my doubts. I was convinced that Elle would want to give the baby a chance, but at the same time, it seemed impossible that the baby would live. I felt like it was just drawing out the inevitable. It was really hard to read about the family and how they each thought they were doing what was right. Having them turn against each other, especially Matt and his mom. The media storm didn’t help matters.

I highly recommend this one. I haven’t heard one bad thing about it. The story is honest and plausible. The back story of Matt and Elle’s relationship really made them a real couple in my eyes. Learning about her mother’s dead, gave me an understanding of who Elle was, and why she focused so much on her decision to not be on life support. If you’re looking for a great read, one that will keep you thinking, wanting to talk to others about it- then this one will be for you. Great story!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

In My Mailbox

I can't believe it's February already. I'm hoping winter will wrap up quickly. The following are review books I received this week:

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne

S.E.C.R.E.T by L Marie Adeline

Shadow Girl by Patricia Morrison

Yesterday's Sun by Amanda Brooke

Ebooks bought:

Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Code Named Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis

 

 

 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Review: The Eloquence of Desire by Amanda Sington-Williams



Publisher: Sparkling Books
Released: 2010
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis:

When Dorothy’s husband was caught having an affair with his boss’s daughter, his boss decided to punish him by moving his position to communist Malaya. During the 1950’s divorce wasn’t common, and people were not supportive, Dorothy felt like she had no choice but to follow her husband. They left their twelve year old daughter behind and sent her to a boarding school, arranging to have her aunt and uncle take care of her when she was at home. Dorothy didn’t want to leave her daughter behind and grew to resent George for tearing her world apart. She had to live with his repercussions and pretend he didn’t have a new lover.

Review:

The Eloquence of Desire was a very interesting book. The time period, and Malaya were plotted very well. I liked the book but I didn’t fall in love with it. It’s hard to love a book when you don’t like any of the characters. Each of them had their faults, and made them unlikable, in my opinion. George was despicable, and selfish. He ignored all his faults, and made it seem like Dorothy caused him to have affairs. Dorothy really bothered me, because she withdrew and never stood up for herself. She was constant gloom and doom, and I wanted her to wake up and take control of her life. At the very least acknowledge the situation instead of keeping herself locked up in the house, and always afraid.

While I did have my issues with the book, I did keep reading. I wanted to know what happened. The writing was good and progressed at a good pace. If this one sounds interesting to you, you should give it a chance and try it.